Argentine authorities have sent hundreds of troops to the southern city of Bariloche after a spate of looting.
At least three supermarkets in the popular ski resort were targeted, causing panic among local residents and tourists.
Dozens of people, many with their faces covered, broke into the supermarkets stealing electronics, toys and clothes.
The government blamed small criminal gangs but local authorities pinned the attacks on anarchist organisations.
Governor Alberto Weretilneck called for federal troops to restore order in Rio Negro, in the country’s Patagonia region.
“With this type of action, these groups have been trying to paint a false picture of social and political collapse,” the provincial authorities said in a statement.
THE RICH ARE OUR MISFORTUNE.
UPDATE:- It gets better and better, the looting/rioting has spread from Bariloche in Patagonia to the industrial cities of Campana and Zarate, in Buenos Aires province, in Resistencia in the north and outside a Carrefour supermarket in San Fernando…The mass expropriations and spontaneous disobedience of proletarians across Argentina is a living example of autonomous solidarity and class consciousness- one which we hope is emulated the world over, spreading the seasonal joy of revolt across continents, after all, isn’t Santa Claus just one big fat communist who works at night distributing wealth to those who deserve it?